A wisteria bower.
- An example of bower is an arbor covered with vining flowers.
- An example of bower is the room where a bride would get dressed for her wedding.
- An example of bower is a small private house where a newly wedded couple would go for their honeymoon.
- a place enclosed by overhanging boughs of trees or by vines on a trellis; arbor
- Old Poet. a rustic cottage or retreat
- Archaic a lady's boudoir
- a hut and platform of twigs built by a male bowerbird: used only for courtship and not as a nest
Origin of bowerMiddle English bour from Old English bur, room, hut, dwelling, akin to German bauer, bird cage: for Indo-European base see bondage
Origin of bowerGerman bauer, peasant (akin to bower): so called from the figure sometimes used as the jack
Origin of bowerfrom bow
- A shaded, leafy recess; an arbor.
- A woman's private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
- A rustic cottage; a country retreat.
transitive verbbow·ered, bow·er·ing, bow·ers
Origin of bowerMiddle English bour a dwelling from Old English būr ; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
- A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
- (literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
- A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
- (ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
(third-person singular simple present bowers, present participle bowering, simple past and past participle bowered)
From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr (“freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer”) and Middle Dutch bouwer (“farmer, builder, peasant”); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with German Bauer (“peasant, builder”), Dutch boer, buur, and Albanian burrë (“man, husband”). See boor, neighbor.
From the bow of a ship
- A surname.